Activity from heat

Make Your Summer Sweet

Posted by on Mon, June 27th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

We’re officially in Summer, and with Summer comes the Summer heat.  There’s nothing like a frozen,delicious treat on a hot Summer day.  Last Summer I went to visit my sister in New York.  She took me to this ice cream shop that sold the most amazing ice cream sandwiches.  What made these ice cream sandwiches so special was that the ice cream was in between two unbelievable chocolate chip cookies.  This dessert has been stuck in my mind ever since, and I can’t find them anywhere.  Luckily, I found a recipe on FoodNetwork.com that will more than satisfy my craving, and I’m sharing it with you today so that you too can experience the same joy that I did.

From surekat's photostream

E.J.’S First Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

Total Time: 4 hr 45 min

Prep: 25 min

Inactive: 4 hr 0 min

Cook: 20 min

Yield: 6 large ice cream cookie sandwiches

Level: Intermediate

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, cracked into a small cup or saucer
Plain chocolate covered candies for cookies, (recommended M&M’s)
1 recipe Chocolate Ice Cream, recipe follows
Sprinkles, for decorating, optional
Directions
Adjust the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium mixing bowl. Set aside. Place the butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and cream the ingredients on high speed. Add the vanilla and egg to the mixer and mix on medium speed. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the flour mixture and combine on low speed.

With a tablespoon, form the dough into balls, using about 2 spoonfuls for each. Divide the balls of dough among 3 large baking sheets and press to slightly flatten. (The cookies should be about 2 inches apart or 8 cookies per baking sheet.) Press 5 or 6 chocolate candies into the top of each cookie, if desired. Bake in batches in the oven until golden around the edges, about 13 minutes.

Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool completely. You will need 12 cookies for the ice cream sandwiches. Extra cookies can be stored in an air-tight container or enjoyed immediately.

To build the ice cream sandwiches, soften ice cream at room temperature for 15 minutes and line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper and set aside.

Using a small, tablespoon-sized ice cream scoop, place 3 to 4 scoops of ice cream on the bottom side of one cookie. Working quickly, top with a second cookie and press lightly to push the ice cream to the edges of the cookie. Use a small spatula to smooth the ice cream around the edges of the sandwich. If using sprinkles, place sprinkles in a shallow container and roll the edges of the ice cream in the sprinkles, pressing lightly to coat.

Place ice cream sandwiches on the prepared tray and freeze immediately, until firm, about 2 hours.

Chocolate Ice Cream:

6 egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups heavy cream

1 cups milk

1/2 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a non-reactive metal, or glass bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until thick and lemon colored. Combine the cream and milk in a non-reactive saucepan and heat to the scalding point (when bubbles form around the edge of the pan). Gradually add about 1/2 of the cream to the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Add the egg yolk, sugar and cream mixture to the saucepan with the cream and milk, and cook over low heat until the mixture thickens slightly. Be careful not over cook or boil, as the custard will curdle.

Remove the custard from the heat, add the chocolate and vanilla, and stir until the chocolate is melted. Strain the custard through a fine mesh sieve into a cold bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it down on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until thoroughly chilled.

Pour the custard into the bowl of an ice cream maker, and churn according to the manufacturer’s suggested instructions. (Use a 3 or 4-quart ice cream maker, or churn the ice cream in batches.) Place frozen ice cream in a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight until firm.

Mmmmmmmm!  How yummy does that sound?  And if you think you’re going to enjoy it, wait till the kids get a hold of them!

Enjoy!

~TSGal

Ask The Swag Gal – June 1, 2011

Posted by on Wed, June 1st, 2011 at 7:00 am
Today’s Ask The Swag Gal question comes from a Swaggernaut looking for some affordable and cool summer activities. “It seems that the extreme heat of summer has arrived early this year. We are looking for some fun and affordable ways to keep the kids (and the adults) cool this summer besides the obvious pool, beach ... Read More »